Outreach V.P. promoted to oversee online education at Penn State

August 08, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Craig Weidemann, vice president for Penn State Outreach, will be adding the role of vice provost for online education to his responsibilities effective immediately, Penn State President Rodney Erickson announced.  

Weidemann's expanded job title, vice president for Outreach and vice provost for Online Education, more accurately reflects his position to advance the growing relevance of online education at Penn State. He will have a dual report to the Office of the President and the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.

“Penn State’s development of online programs, embedded within the traditional university, will play an increasingly important role in advancing innovations in pedagogy, attraction of new students and tuition revenues,” said Erickson. “Craig’s new title more clearly articulates this integration and approach and Penn State’s innovative direction for the future.”

Weidemann has had the responsibility for oversight of the University’s online World Campus for the past 10 years. In his expanded position, he has been charged to lead the advancement toward the goal of enrolling 45,000 online students through the World Campus within the next decade. In addition, he will help to actively lead the integration of online, blended and hybrid learning across the University.

“Penn State is recognized among the higher education community as a national leader in online learning,” said Weidemann. “This well-deserved reputation is built upon the outstanding work of the entire university community. I look forward to helping to further advance this wonderful legacy.”

Last month, Weidemann appointed a World Campus Executive Team responsible for oversight of all facets of the World Campus given the departure of its executive director, Wayne Smutz. Weidemann will oversee this team, while he continues to lead outreach initiatives and help advance the university’s work in engaged scholarship to provide knowledge to communities around the Commonwealth, nation and world.

Weidemann has been at Penn State for 10 years and holds a doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Georgia.


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    Craig Weidemann, vice president for outreach and vice provost for online education

    IMAGE: Penn State

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